Credits & Bio
PRODUCERS and SONGWRITERS
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was born in Higgins Lake, Michigan, the second of three daughters. By age four, I was singing duets in church with my older sister while our mother accompanied us on piano. Mom taught us many styles of music. That kind of exposure was great training for my ear and voice. We moved to Lansing when I was ten. It was in Lansing where I got my first real oppurtunities in music. In fifth grade I took up the clarinet, at my mother's request, and continued duets with my sister who was playing flute. I lost interest in clarinet though, and by age thirteen I sold it to buy my first guitar. I went crazy for guitar and learned as many songs as I could. Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Carole King, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joni Mitchell, Melanie, Dan Fogelberg, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, so many artists with great songs influenced me.
I started performing at school concerts, local television telethons, weddings, parties, even opened for some headliners at the Lansing Convention Center. B.J. Thomas, The Righteous Brothers, Ray Stevens and Jose Feliciano may remember a fifteen year old finger picking a classical guitar and singing to warm up the audience before their shows.
My father got a few names of record producers from people working with these headliners and started contacting them. Dad said, "If you're going to sing, you've got to make records". He was determined to get someone interested in working with me. Letters were written and calls were made.
My sophomore year of high school we moved to St. Johns, Michigan, my dad's hometown ,twenty miles north of Lansing. Spring break we rented a motor home to drive to Florida for vacation. Midway we stopped in Nashville, Tennessee to meet with Larry Rogers. Larry was an independent record producer tied with Columbia Records. He owned his own studio in Memphis and was one of the people my father had contacted. With braces on my teeth and guitar in hand I played and sang in his Nashville Music Row office. Pleased with what he was hearing, Larry wanted to see what I sounded like on tape. He called and booked Columbia's Studio B. Conveniently close by, we walked over and I recorded my first three song guitar/vocal demo. The Rolling Stones-Ruby Tuesday, Cat Stevens-How Can I Tell You I Love You, and Linda Ronstadt's -Love Has No Pride-written by Eric Kaz were the three songs I chose to put on tape that day.
I began working with Larry through my junior and senior years of high school. Every three months or so, my dad and I would drive of fly down to Memphis to record songs his writers were writing for me and even a few I had written. I continued entertaining locally in St. Johns and Lansing. Hooking up with another guitarist who sang, and then adding a third person for special occasions , we kept ourselves busy. I got involved in acting in the school musicals. My love for a good comedy and drama still remains.
I went to a small college in Jackson, Tennessee. It was 80 miles to Memphis and 120 miles to Nashville. I was still recording with Larry and he hooked me up with Bill Black's Combo for road experience. We traveled all over the south in a big bus opening for Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins or as headliners. I formed a band with musicians in Jackson and started playing in clubs and traveled the south.
I kept up my relationship with Larry Rogers and he gave me studio time to record with my band. I did six songs. They were short versions of different styles showing my versatility in hopes of getting publishing demo work in Nashville. I moved to Nashville and started getting session work the first week. I was recording demos for publishers and songwriters, singing on commercials and jingles, and doing backgrounds on albums.
Jimmy Gilmer signed me to a publishing deal with United Artists Music. There I met Michael Hanna. Michael was an excellent keyboardist/arranger and was a signed writer for United Artists as well. We began writing and recording together. Rounding off my third year in Nashville , we were married and headed out to Los Angeles.
In L.A., I wrote and recorded material for TV and movies with Michael and continued with my session work as a singer. Hoyt Axton hired me to sing with him on a variety of tours, some to Europe and I sang on some of his records as well. I did a variety of work in L.A. as I had in Nashville. I also did some acting in Hollywood. A couple of small stage roles, an on-camera performance of Baywatch's pilot movie, and some extra work as a dancer in a feature film.
Hanna and I wrote and recorded a song on John Tesh's Cypress/A&M release Garden City. It was called "You Break It, You Pay For It". Tesh shortened it to "You Break It" and it was released as a single on the adult contemporary charts. I was the featured vocalist. It topped the charts at 18 in the Gavin. We shot a performance video of the song splicing it with environmental footage... "You Break It, You Pay For It-Everything You Do Comes Back On You". We were played on Video Jukebox and VH-1.
Keeping with the ecology theme, I started a band with Michael called "Hippie Gypsies". A retro rock group that I fronted. Michael and I wrote the songs with occasional help from a couple of the band members. Playing out in the L.A. clubs and recording an albums worth of songs or more, we worked together for a couple of years.
During my time in L.A., I met Robin Randall. After singing for her and her mother Judithe, a long friendship developed. Robin and I went to Europe in the fall of '93 to back up Mark Free. Robin and Judithe wrote all the songs on his record, and I had sung the backing vocals on it. I started writing with Robin in England and we began recording when we returned to the USA. We formed a female duo Venus & Mars and those original recordings became our first CD called Grand Trine. No message music here- just love songs and music about relationships.
Robin and I finished the CD in '94. Michael and I separated and I moved back to Nashville. My family was within three hours drive because they had moved to Tennessee when I started college years before. Venus & Mars Grand Trine was released in Japan and Europe under a couple small distribution companies and we actually sold a good number of copies.
I have continued my session work on albums, commercials and demos and perform on stage in a variety of configurations with others or on my own. Venus & Mars has played out in L.A. when trips out there come up. Robin and I are putting out a second CD called Venus & Mars New Moon Rising. This will be released under the Japanese label Avex Trax sometime in April "98.
I'm working on new material and recording my own music in Nashville. With a raw, earthy feel focusing on vocal melodies and lyrics, I hope to create something quite different than any of the music I've worked on before. The new material will be available through this web-site and other locations when it is completed in the not to distant future.
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